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Samuel J. Himmelstein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in New York, NY

Himmelstein McConnell Gribben & Joseph LLP
15 Maiden Ln, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-349-3000
Fax: 212-587-0744
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1980
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Consumer, Real Estate: Business
Attorney Profile

Samuel J. Himmelstein is a partner with Himmelstein McConnell Gribben et al., a Manhattan based Landlord/Tenant and Real Estate law firm.

Serving a diverse range of clients throughout the greater New York City metro area, Mr. Himmelstein focuses his practice on tenant litigation for residential and commercial clients, tenant group representation for co-op members and condominium owners, and representation of  tenant associations and co-op conversions. He has handled numerous cases in Housing Court, Supreme Court, the New York Appellate Courts and administrative agencies including the Division of Housing and Community Renewal and the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development.   His firm also handles all types of real estate transactions for residential and commercial properties.

Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Himmelstein has published several manuals on tenant and landlord issues, and he has served as legal advisor for numerous pamphlets involving subletting, apartment sharing and other related matters. He is a regular contributor to BrickUnderground, and is frequently quoted in articles appearing in The New York Times and The Real Deal. In addition, he has also conducted many lectures and continuing legal education seminars across New York and appeared on various television and radio news programs, as well as several print publications, where he has offered in-depth legal commentary about a range of topics related to tenant rights and co-op conversions.

A 1976 cum laude graduate of Brooklyn College, Mr. Himmelstein obtained his Juris Doctor from New York Law School cum laude in 1979. The New York State Bar Association admitted him to practice the following year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Federal Court. Early in his career, he served with both the East Brooklyn Legal Services and South Brooklyn Legal Services. In 2009, he accepted an appointment as the tenant representative of the Housing Advisory Council.

Among his most notable clients, Mr. Himmelstein has represented the Metropolitan Council on Housing, the New York State Tenant and Neighborhood Coalition,  The Chelsea Hotel Tenant Association, and numerous other Tenant Associations throughout the City  . He has also served the needs of numerous individual tenant clients and tenant groups, where he has proven himself a staunch advocate for their rights and interests. Active in his legal community, he is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, The New York City Bar Association and the New York County Trial Lawyers Association, among his other professional affiliations.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Real Estate: Consumer
  • 20%Real Estate: Business
Focus Areas

Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022

About Samuel J. Himmelstein

First Admitted: 1980, New York

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Representative Clients

  • New York State Tenant and Neighborhood Coalition
  • Metropolitan Council on Housing


  • Wertentiel v. Coe, 503 N.Y.S.2d 692 (N.Y.City Civ.Ct. 1986)
  • 1202 Realty Assoc. v. Evans, 481 N.Y.S.2d 208 (N.Y.City Civ.Ct. 1984)
  • Chen v. Allen, 496 N.Y.S.2d 651 (N.Y.City Civ.Ct. 1985)
  • 224 East 18th Street Associates v. Sijacki, 524 N.Y.S.2d 964 (N.Y.City Civ.Ct. 1987)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • A Tenant's Guide to Housing Court, 1983
  • Frequent Lecturer, Tenants Rights and Cooperative Conversions
  • Tenants' Rights and How to Protect Them, New York City Commission on Human Rights , 1992
  • How to Get Your Landlord to Correct Violations, 1983

Bar/Professional Activity

  • New York, 1980
  • New York County Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1983 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild, Member, 1976 - Present
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1981

Educational Background

  • Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York, B.A. in Psychology, cum laude, With Honors, 1976


  • I have represented the Chelsea Hotel Tenant Association from 2011 to the present.  , 2011
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Office Location for Samuel J. Himmelstein

15 Maiden Ln
17th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Phone: 212-349-3000

Fax: 212-587-0744

Last Updated: 6/23/2022

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